Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
This month's photo assignment was CLOSEUP. Here are the top three that caught Chris' eye:
All assignment photos:
Steve is amazed at how GPS mapping apps can know what the best and fastest route is. Leo says that WAZE is crowd sourced, so it gets real time traffic data from Waze users themselves, and it can work to route you around it.
Steve is also a photographer and wants to know what are good online sources to share and get feedback. Leo says that while it has changed recently, Flickr is a good place to post for community input.
Shane has a 2014 Trashcan Mac Pro and he's having trouble using it with uploading his raw photo files. Would the new Mac Mini handle them, or should he bite the bullet and get the new cheesegrater this fall? Leo says that the new Mac Mini is a great computer and you can max it out for a great price. Leo also says that you'll likely slow down the computer when you use extra cores during rendering. So it's difficult to guage the specs.
Vino wants to know how to upload his photos from his desktop to his mobile phone. Leo says that Google Photos is the best way, and it's free. YOu just download the Photos Sync app and then backup up all your images to Google Photos. Then you can download the app, view them on your phone, and download them from there.
Steven has a Canon 1D Mk. III and his backup Canon 1DX has lost its autofocus capabilities. Should he repair it for $1800 or buy a new one. Leo says that the 1DX is a pro-grade camera, and that makes it worth repairing. But if you have gear acquisition syndrome, you can certainly sell that camera on eBay and let someone else pay to repair it
Phil has noticed that Carbonite's backup fees keep going up, and they seem to be more focused on business plans lately. Leo says that business is where the real money is, but Carbonite is still doing consumer backup plans. But if Phil has several cloud-based hard drives, does he really need it? Leo says that's only something Phil can answer. But if Phil is a photographer, he really needs to back up his data using a 3-2-1 backup strategy. Three backups, on two different forms of media, one off-site.
Alan doesn't know the term for the way they show vertical video on TV. Leo says it's because the video was shot on a mobile phone, and TV programs will use effects to blow up the original video and blur it out, placing it behind the video image. This is to just fill out the screen so it doesn't look like there's a problem with your TV Set. It's called PillarBox, and Leo says it's an easy effect that can be done with Adobe Premiere.
Carol is a casting director and she's heading back east for a big project. She needs a way to take images and organize them into multiple categories. Leo says that almost all photo editing apps like Lightroom have tagging. Google Photos also works. You can use the Albums feature, which enables multiple albums with the same image in it. And anyone can share it. Leo says that Adobe Lightroom has cloud storage and sync to multiple computers. So that's an option.
She also needs a mass texting and emailing option.
Rich is looking for a camera that will allow him to edit in camera. He wants to be sure he can post videos to youtube and protect his rights. Leo says that YouTube is a private company, and so they can cut you off if you violate their terms and conditions. Only the government is prohibited. However, police can arrest you if you record a police officer. You have to record them openly, not in secret.
To record, edit, and share, Leo recommends using a smartphone. It's really an all in one solution.